Don't Have TED Talk Time to Prep?

TED talks are amazing, and part of what makes them so is that speakers start 6 months in advance, and spend anywhere from 20 - 100 hours preparing. Similar to an actor learning their lines, they know every word they’re going to deliver and have carefully crafted their message over many iterations.

Does that fit into your schedule when you’re pitching an idea or delivering an important message at work?

Thought not.

Follow the rule of 5 when you’re pressed for time. Once you’ve clarified why you’re speaking and what you want your audience to do as a result, speak through your presentation out loud 5 times. Here’s what you’ll get:

  1. You’ll be more concise and to the point.

  2. You’ll have a sense of timing to shorten/lengthen it if needed.

  3. You’ll be more confident because you’ll have had 5 rehearsals under your belt.

So, if you don’t have a spare 100 hours lying around to prep TED talk style, use the 5 times rule.

You’ll be better, no question.